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Fluffy White Rabbits - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Reviews: 186
Hads: 623
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 72
Gots: 79 | FT: 2
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Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Franchise on 03-25-2010

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Reviews: 186 | Hads: 623
Photo of justintcoons
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy pale gold with a good 3 fingers of fluffy white head. Decent head retention, webbed lacing and low carbonation.

N: Pear, lemon zest, clove, wheat bread and grassy noble hops.

T: Wheat bread, candy sugar, some orange juice and perhaps a hint of pineapple upfront. This is followed by notes of caramel, banana, pear and honeydew mid-palate. Finishes with grassy noble hops, lemon zest, dried hay and a persisting clove spiciness.

M: Full bodied, soft, creamy, smooth and slightly drying in the finish.

O: As the name suggests; soft and fluffy. Surprisingly juicy on the palate. Very balanced with a nice hoppy zing in the finish of lemony citrus and grassy florals. There is no alcohol presence whatsoever which makes this one dangerously drinkable. This is an excellent American-made Tripel. (826 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, love the label,

A: Pours a hazy gold with a medium white head, great head retention and lace.

S: Yeast dominated with a lot of pear and white pepper.

T: Bready malt and sugar cane, has some definite sweetness. Hoppy it says on the label, but not overly so. Earthy flavours with a hint of grapefruit, but still very much to style.

M: Medium to full-bodied, soft carbonation, creammy, thick and sugary at times but holds it.

O: Once again I am impressed by Pretty Things. A tripel that really hides the alcohol, great for springtime per the label. (565 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow in color with just the slightest haze. Poured with a billowy white foam that is fed by an endless stream of migrating bubbles. Wheat malt, banana and yeasty aromas with a hint of spice in the background. Creamy smooth with a heavy wheat malt body and rich carbonation. Wheat malt up front that quickly transitions to a combination of citrus hops and sweet fruity banana into the middle. Spicy flavors pick up in the middle that return to light bitter hops and sweet banana. Wheat and bready malt flavor grows through the middle and to the finish as well. Finishes with a spicy flavor that tapers to bitter hoppiness. Very complex and enjoyable. A fabulous triple. (677 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: very hazy body with a silvery-gold type hue. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. Quite good.

Smell: lightly malty aroma, somewhat wheaty in character. A hint of light, orchardy fruitiness comes in along with a touch of hops. Light in intensity, but quite nice in character.

Taste: malty with a very wheat-beer like character of clove and banana. A light fruitiness is also there, which I like. Well-balanced, but definitely one of the wheatier tripels I've had.

Mouthfeel: good body with a big carbonation which together yield a bodacious creaminess. Just what I'm looking for in a tripel.

Overall: an interesting beer, and a somewhat out-of-the-box tripel. I don't think the Belgians use quite this much wheat; it's almost an Imperial Wit. Still, I like the overall effect and I'd definitely drink this again. (874 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 3/4" white head which faded a little faster than I'd expected. It has a pretty body, kind of a light hazy lemonade yellow color. Smell is very promising with tropical fruit and hints of sweet tartness. The taste mirrors that smell pretty well and adds some malt. There's a medium rich mouthfeel and a medium length finish. A fine product and true to the style. (369 characters)

Photo of hagbergl
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 22 oz. bottle of Pretty Things Fluffy White Rabbits into a snifter. The bottle doesn't have a bottling date–unlike most PT beers, which feature a month and year bottled-on date printed on the label–but I know that this is the 2012 edition of the Easter seasonal brew.

Appearance (4/5): A moderately hard pour into the snifter produces a 1 and a half finger creamy white head that sits atop a hazy golden-colored body of beer. The beer looks very nice in the glass. Though there are, admittedly, better looking tripels out there, I can't complain too much since the beer leaves behind quite a bit of lace on the sides of the glass as you drink. It looks and behaves like a genuine Belgian beer.

Smell (4/5): The bottle says "Hoppy Tripel" on it, and you can definitely smell the aroma of hops rising from the glass as you pour it. But the hop aroma is in in no way aggressive and, to my nose, smells more earthy and herbal–definitely not a case of a Belgian-style Tripel retooled with aggressive American hop varieties. The beer's aroma is therefore subtly more hoppy than you'd expect from a traditional tripel, but it still has a Tripel-like smell–sweet, fruity aromas mix with the earthy hoppiness to create a very pleasant smell overall.

Taste (4/5): At first sip, I taste earthy hops in the front that give way to that sweet, fruity maltiness that you expect from a tripel. I am immediately struck by how refreshing White Rabbits tastes. I just want to keep drinking; the fairly high alcohol content (8.5% ABV) is only hinted at by a warming in the back of the throat and doesn't impact drinkability in the least. Its subdued but noticeable hoppiness in the foretaste reminds me a little of a saison, but this beer doesn't have a saison's dry finish. The beer's flavor can't compete with that of the best tripels out there (Westmalle, La Fin du Monde, La Rulles, Ename), but it's damn good and definitely distinguishable from other tripels, which earns points in my book. It may not be as pleasantly yeasty or sweet as some, but it tastes great.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): The mouthfeel is the best thing about Fluffy White Rabbits. It's amazingly creamy and lends this beer a wonderful texture. It gives the beer a nice medium body and truly enhances the taste and drinking experience; each sip sits in on the tongue pleasantly and leaves you wanting more. Words really don't do this beer's mouthfeel justice, so I won't ramble on about it any longer. Seek this beer out and you'll understand.

Overall (4/5): This beer is an excellent piece of brewing. As I noted above, it may not have the flavor to hold its own against the most revered Belgian-style tripels, but it has its own distinct character. It's subtly hopped-up, refreshing, and has a beautifully creamy texture that I personally think is to die for. This is not a beer you could call forgettable. I highly recommend it if you can get your hands on it. It runs between $7 and $8 for a 22 oz. bomber. One of the best Pretty Things' beers I've tried. (3,035 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.98/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is a bright, slightly hazy goldenrod coloring with a frothy, white, light, fluffy head that is low and clingy. Nose of light spicing, with cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove over a toasted grain backbone. Flavors are rich and roasty, with a slightly tangy, syrupy sweet highlight. Toasted grain backbone with some citrus sweet don't balance well, and the spicing just gets in the way. Too light to really effect the palate, the spicing seems superfluous. Smooth, full body with a rich, sweet, and slightly spicy aftertaste. The finish starts smooth and transitions into a spiced, slightly sharp feel. This beer was a bit all over the place for me. (686 characters)

Photo of Chazari99
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is, in my opinion, the best beer Pretty Things has offered. This triple has a sweetness, and goes down smooth. Moreover, it has absolutely no bitter aftertaste like some triple's. It would be ideal if Pretty Things offered this throughout the year.

A real gem. (266 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 4/14/2012 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, citrus, spices, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of spices, citrus, bananas and caramel. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice Belgian Tripel with good complexity making it worth drinking for a long time. (772 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip. Nice new bottle caps, but what happened to the stickers that denoted freshness and batch number?

A: Pours a very cloudy golden color. Two finger eggshell-white head settles shortly and leaves only wispy patches of lacing.

S: Creamy banana (pudding, maybe) and ripe bananas. Soft spiciness, pepper, chalky yeast. Trace of biscuity malt. Faint leafy hop character in the background and traces of vague light fruits. Not the most complex or invigorating nose, but not bad.

T: Yeast action up front with clove and chalky and spicy tastes. Mellow citrus rind and tropical fruit (mostly pineapple) follow very closely. Mild oily hop bitterness mid-palate, along with a faint leafy, earthy impression. Slight tobacco. Lightly honeyed malt and biscuit tastes. Vague, fleeting touch of green banana. Yeast flavors build once again with mild spicy/chalky tastes and ride into the finish with a lingering leafy bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied, but full enough and certainly fluffy and creamy. Carbonation is a bit low-key, especially considering the style, but it does just enough.

O: The intent here seems to be for the hops to accentuate, but not dominate. That is exactly what they do. Don't be expecting a Belgian IPA riddled with American hops. The hop tastes are mellow and seem predominately English, though the American hops shine through too (and more-so as the beer warms). I never really thought those oily/leafy tastes that English hops bring to the table really meshed well with the tripel style. American hops are the better play, accentuating the tropical esters (which are also largely absent here) by adding citrusy/tropical tastes of their own. Perhaps my memory fails me, but this beer is not what I remember it being when I had it a year or two ago. I find myself slightly underwhelmed. It has some complexity, but it comes mostly from the hops rather than the base beer. Still, I can't leave it without some praise. It is very drinkable, and its more charming attributes begin to grow on you as you drink. Definitely worth a try, and I will make an effort to revisit it in the near future. I had given it glowing reviews in the past; maybe I'm having an off night. (2,238 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a cloudy honey color. Head is medium sized and bleach white. Head retains and consistently leaves lacing.

S-Smells like its description. A Tripel hopped up with Euro hops. Light honey notes are detected. Clean and plentiful noble hoppiness. Yeasty and overall quite aromatic and attractive.

T-Crisp and hoppy. Yeasty with fruity notes of apples and pears. Light sweetness. Very clean and dry. Spicy. The hoppiness truly adds a great component to the overall flavor.

M-Plenty of bubbles accentuates a medium body. Dry and a bit bitter. Nice feel...high grades.

O/D-I don't love Tripels generally. (607 characters)

Photo of timster01801
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hard to believe the ABV is 8.5% with this one. Taste is fruity and a little sweet, but with a niiice hop presence. I'll definitely keep a stock of this in the beer fridge this spring. Give it a try if available...mmmm

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mnbearsfan for this one!

A: Pours a hazy yellow/orange color with a fluffy white head on top, about two fingers in height. Great retention, eventually settling to a nice cap on top. Some bubbly lacing forms.

S: Some nice spices up front and some Belgian yeast, a little bit of banana and pear, with some flowery and grassy hops.

T: Doughy malt with some light citrus zest mixed with spices and some Belgian yeast flavor. Slight alcohol presence right at the end. The hops have died off a bit, which isn't a surprise as this is a 2011 vintage.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight alcohol presence right on the finish as it warms.

O: A really nice tripel, Pretty Things does it again. Will be on the lookout to try this one fresh to get the hops fresh, but this beer was great without it. (820 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2012 launch party at the independent in Somerville.

A: served in a pt glass with a nice fluffy white one finger head and a hazy golden body... Good head retention and excellent lacing.

S; a nice fruitiness accented by Belgian yeast. Pear, melon, cantaloupe, and a light tropical fruit note.

T: much like the nose, except the Belgian yeast... I feel is a bu more prevelant adding a Belgian spice into the mix... Also the hops come into play here, I didn't really detect them much in the nose, perhaps they lens the tropical fruit aroma? But they mix in wonderfully here... This beer is very well balanced.

M: medium body, with medium carbonation, and I swear it has an almost fluffy mouthfeel.

O: another very good brew from pretty things... One i look forward to every year. (794 characters)

Photo of brydeen
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jstilwell for sending this my way.
March 2011 Batch 2 bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours a crisp golden color, with a thin but bubbly white head. Good retention, and sticky lacing throughout. Lots of bubbling action.

S: Sweet fruity notes hit me right away, especially pear. Subtle belgian yeast aroma, with a grassy, earthy finish.

T: Sweet fruit (pear, peaches) open the door to a spicy peppery flavor. Really nice balance between the two. Has a really dry finish that makes all the sweetness fade away. Very pleasant.

M: Very light bodied and crisp. Champagne like carbonation gives a smooth but tingly sensation.

O: Really solid brew. The sweetness and spicy notes play well off each other, and the dry finish brings it all together. (755 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly flat looking. Builds white soapy head. foggy yellow with no lacing.

S - Big banana and clove. almost smells like a washcloth...

T - Smooth. spicy. Belgian.

M - No heat. Great carbonation. slightly dry.

O - Delightful Belgian brew. Nicely hopped too. The hops are nowhere near overwhelming. Recommended. (323 characters)

Photo of dbmata
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has spring (and rabbits) written all over it. It's refreshing, yet filling and biscuity.

Appearance: It's a beautiful golden color, even in the dark light of a bar.
Smell: It smells fresh and reminiscent of a meadow.
Taste: Light in presentation, but a flavorful beer. It's fresh, and you wouldn't know it as a tripel if you weren't told. Malty and grassy.
Mouthfeel: It feels much like a tripel should.
Overall: Great beer that I wait for each spring. One of their single best beers. (495 characters)

Photo of armock
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Hiphop1 for hooking this bottle up in the 666 BIF

A - Poured a golden yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of fruits grassy hops and Belgian yeast spice

T - Like the nose some fruit and grassy hops upfront with a spiced Belgian yeasty finish

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

O - I am enjoying this beer a lot and very happy that I have gotten the chance to try this one very good beer all around definitely worth picking up if you see it aroumd (512 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden amber coming through right away with a nice light haziness to it. Nice carbonation bubbling up throughout the glass creating a nice two inch head of white foam across the top that hung around for what seemed like forever.

The aroma was akin to some kind of spicy green tea at first. Lots of light grain, yeast aromas of fresh leaves and a touch of light citrus sprinkled in. A spiciness I am assuming from the Basil leaves, very intresting aroma for sure. The flavor was light, nicely balanced with a lightly grainy start to it, that turned over to some light fruit, peaches? Maybe green apples, coming through in the middle with that nice light and very fresh leaf like flavor. Hints of spice rippled throughout, especially in the finish which was dry and nicely accented. (781 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip; batch #2, March 2011 bottling

Pours an overly cloudy golden body with a touch of soft orange through the center, with steady streams of carbonation. A bubbly, sticky paper white cap rose to fill the glass and fell slowly. Some spider web lacing.

The nose is of grassy hops, bubblegum, banana, and spicy clove. The hops are so grassy/herbal/medicinal that it conjures up memories of saisons with a similar funky aroma.

The hops really take center stage. Hugely drying and commanding. Herbal, medicinal, grassy hops dominating while banana, clove and bubblegum round everything out. Some lightly toasted white bread thrown in there as well.

Light to medium body with medium carbonation. An extremely dry finish, but I wouldn't quite call it crisp.

Overall, this is a unique take on the style, but definitely not the best I have ever had. I'd like to see a little less focus on the hops (wow, never thought I would say that.) (960 characters)

Photo of JizackFH
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Rattle N Hum Big Lebrewski Dude Series Part 2 event on 7/26/11.

Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a nice cloudy golden yellow color. It has a nice sized fluffy white head on it (fluffy white rabbit??). The head has good retention, and it leaves some nice lacing behind on the glass.

S - The smell has a belgian yeast zing to it. There are also some light fruity notes such as banana and pear. There is also and herbal quality to it, as well as some honey like sweetness.

T - The taste follows the nose quite well. There are muted notes of banana, pear, and some citrus. There are nice flavors of belgian yeast, and there is a decent hop profile. There is some lingering spice notes in the finish.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down good and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is some spiciness from the belgian yeast, and a bit of hop bitterness. There is also some dryness in the finish.

O - This has good drinkability. It is easy going down, and tastes great. I could have a few rounds of this. Overall, I thought this was a nice beer and a good representation of the style. Another solid offering from Pretty Things. I can't wait to have more of their beers. (1,224 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. I enjoyed this one last April, when it was still pretty fresh on the market.

Pours a fairly clear gold (although a good amount of suspended hop oils are present), topped with a finger sized cap of fluffy bright-white head. This retains with roughly the same sized amount of head, leaving back a soapy cascade of lacing that settles into a good bit of spotty foam. The aroma smells very floral, which adheres nicely to the assertive spiciness here from the yeast. Hops mostly bring a green citric character to the nose, while sweeter notes of lightly toasted bread and soft fruit push up from underneath.

The taste has a bright and green tasting citric bitterness to it, which is set against a flush of yeasty fruit character (that consists of pear, apple, and some sweeter orange notes) and a bready sugary sweetness from the malts. Like the nose, this is wrapped up in a BOLD dry peppery spiciness that melds well with all of that hoppy bitterness. The finish on this is VERY dry with a good bit of lingering pith. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a soft creamy sharpness that prickles the tongue a bit but then smoothes out considerably thanks to a good bit of underlying oily slickness from the hops. The body does possess some gentle warmth to it but the alcohol is generally pretty well hid here for an 8-9% beer.

This was quite good and is definitely one of the better takes on an American Tripel that I’ve had out of the bottle. This just has a lot of fresh hop character to it that is nicely complimented by the spice and fruit flavors that the Belgian yeast brought to this. I think that the freshness is the key with this one though. If you haven’t had it yet, I’d wait until the next batch at this rate. (1,763 characters)

Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Kind of a hazy golden orange pour. Minimal but bubbly head that fades very quickly. Good lacing though.

S: Pretty typical good tripel smell. Lots of fruit. Orange, lemon, peach, apples and maybe grapes too? Belgian yeast is apparent as well. Maybe a little spicy pepper.

T: Taste follows the smell. Lots of fruit in general, followed by a spicy and bready belgian yeast and pepper aftertaste.

M: Good carbonation really makes this seem lighter than it is I think. Very crisp and enjoyable. Almost a little too tingly from the carbonation and spice.

O: Overall this was a very good tripel. It's pretty much as the description goes, it's a tripel with a good hop smell and flavor to it. It mainly just adds to the fruitiness of the beer and gives it a bit more character. (777 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice golden color with a pretty big head on it. The lacing was pretty good as well. The smell of the beer is floral and sweet with a light hoppy aroma in the mix. The taste was sweet upfront and settled into a nice floral spice flavor. The mouthfeel was on the lighter side. Overall I found this beer to be quite enjoyable and I would enjoy having it again one day. (391 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled March 2011, batch 2.

Pours a dark golden orange that is completely opaque with a 1.5 finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a thick lasting ring. Rings and streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma with lots of zesty spice, light fruit and a slight vegetal character. Hints of pepper and coriander along with subtle booze and earthy, piny hops. The resinous earthy hops notes along with the spice give it kind of a saison feel. Underneathe there is a prevalent estery presence with hints of apple, pear and apcot along with some alcohol phenol.

Fuller bodied than expected with a crisp hop bite up front that lingers over the spice, yeast, alcohol and light fruit notes into a slightly dry finish. The floral hops give off a dry, earthy bitterness with some soil/pine character up front which counter the sweeter notes of the beer pretty nicely. Not overly hoppy but just enough to add some complexity and balance. The hops are complimented by some zesty spice, namely pepper, coriander and candy sugar. I'm also picking up some citrus and other light fruits, orange peel, apple, pear and apricot. There is a lot of alcohol flavor toward the end of the palate but I wouldn't really call this beer hot. This is a unique twist on the triple style that they pulled off pretty well. (1,317 characters)

Fluffy White Rabbits from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
90 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.